Shooting of boy 'linked to murder of gang Mr Big'.
A BOY of seven has been injured in a shooting which may be linked to the murder of a gangland "Mr Big" in Salford, police said.
The youngster had followed as his mother, 29, answered the door on Monday night to be confronted by two men looking for someone else, detectives said.
After a "short" exchange on the doorstep one suspect then used a gun to fire three shots "at close range", hitting the mother twice in the leg and the boy once.
Both victims are in a serious but stable condition in hospital following the attack at 9.25pm on Gillingham Road in the Winton area of Salford.
Detectives said the shooting is potentially linked to the murder of security boss Paul Massey, 55, in Salford in June and a feud between rival gangs in the Swinton and central Salford area of the city which has so far seen at least five shootings.
A second feud, unconnected to Monday night's attack, centred on another area of the city, Little Hulton, has also broken out, with at least six shootings linked with that.
Detective Chief Superintendent Russ Jackson, of Greater Manchester Police (GMP), described Monday night's incident as "absolutely horrible". He said the attack is potentially linked to the murder of Massey and the continuing feud in the city.
Rival gangs are understood to be involved in drug dealing, loan sharking and extortion.
He said: "It is very difficult to understand what the feuds are about. But what I can say is that it's got all the hallmarks of a feud over disrespect.
"These incidents often start not necessarily over drugs but over a degree of disrespect shown to each other," he added.
Police at the scene |